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Popular Viola Teachers Near Swarthmore

Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA
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Emily S.

Philadelphia, PA
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Ruth F.

Elkins Park, PA
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Thomas W. Downingtown, PA

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Bass Trombone, Beatbox, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Ear Training, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Jazz Voice, Marimba, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Piccolo, Saxophone, Singing, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin, Vocal Training, Xylophone

About Me

Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation

Emily S. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

My name is Emily, and I am looking for students of all ages and abilities! I have been playing violin for 14 years and have a degree in violin performance from Temple University's Boyer College of Music. I have taught violin in various music programs in the Philadelphia area. I can also teach viola and piano from the beginner-intermediate level. I have a very encouraging and positive teaching style, and you will have fun as you learn and explore new things about music!

Ruth F. Elkins Park, PA

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

I began studying the violin at the age of 4 with the assistant concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. I studied violin though my junior year of college at Temple University, when I switched to the viola. I have extensive knowledge and proficiency on both instruments and have been teaching for 33 years.

I teach all levels from beginning to advanced, preschool through mature adult . I have been told that I have a gift for teaching young children.

I enjoy teaching! I get a great deal of satisfaction from watching a student master a concept, whether that student is 5, or 55; the thrill is the same!

I tailor my lessons to each student's ability, personality, and time commitment. I set realistic and attainable goals and am very easy to work with. I use an interactive approach; I do not dictate what must be done. I value input from the students and their parents/caregivers and regularly review progress and needs. I welcome communications via email and phone.

I am a member of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Delaware. I substitute with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia, and The Philly Pops. In addition, I am the violist for the Broadway at the Kimmel series.

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